Area: 219,900 square kilometers
Population: 2,200,000 as of the 2000 census
Capital: Salt Lake City
Counties: Beaver County -- Box Elder County -- Cache County -- Carbon County -- Daggett County -- Davis County -- Duchesne County -- Emery County -- Garfield County -- Grand County -- Iron County -- Juab County -- Kane County -- Millard County -- Morgan County -- Piute County -- Rich County -- Salt Lake County -- San Juan County -- Sanpete County -- Sevier County -- Summit County -- Tooele County -- Uintah County -- Utah County -- Wasatch County -- Washington County -- Wayne County -- Weber County
The name Utah is from the language of the Native American Utes. The Paiute nation also inhabit a portion of the state.
Utah's bid for statehood was accepted in 1896, over forty years after the initial request. The delay was largely due to disputes between the Mormon inhabitants who had settled in the area in 1847 and were pushing for the establishment of the state of Deseret and the US Government, who were reluctant to admit a state the size of the proposed Deseret into the union, differed with the Mormon church over the subject of polygamy, and observed that the region lacked the necessary 60,000 voters required for statehood.
One of Utah's defining characteristics is the variety of its terrain, from the Uinta Mountain range in the north (the only east-west running mountain range in North America) to the beautiful desert landscapes of Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks.
Another notable fact about Utah is that the continental meeting of the railroads happened at Promontory Point, Utah.
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